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6 nights accommodation
5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
Centrally located twin share rooms and the best crew to travel with. You'll enjoy 4 nights in some of our favourite Californian hotels, plus 2 nights at The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake. Please note that In Bass Lake you will stay in Triple Share accommodation, as twin and single rooms are not available.
5 included Meals
2 Dinner, 3 Breakfast
We'll get 5 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over 3 breakfasts and 2 authentic American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of this country's best feeds.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
9 included, 7 optional that you can add
You'll be cruisin' down the strip in a party bus in Las Vegas, soaking up the sunshine at Bass Lake and getting down with the hippie vibes in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. California Highlights is sure to blow your mind.
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Heya West Coast wanderer, wait 'til you see the treats we have in store for you. We'll be immersed in cool California vibes after a stint in Nevada's wild Vegas. We'll hike around Yosemite Valley, watch the sun set behind the city of San Fran & swim in the paradise of Bass Lake. 7-days abroad never looked so good.
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DAY 1 - Arrive Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Welcome to Vegas, baby! You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly within the city's realm. Feeling romantic? Stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking). Tonight live like a baller while you cruise along the 'Strip' in a party bus and don't stress, the bills on us. Later, you’ll witness the 24-hour party scene first hand when you head out for a night with the crew.
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Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cirque du’ Soleil show
USD $87.00
VIP club entry
High Roller Anytime
USD $32.00
Speed Vegas Racing Experience
$117-416.00
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DAY 2 - Las Vegas to Bass Lake via San Joaquin Valley
Las Vegas

From the ridiculously flashy Vegas ‘Strip’ to the outdoor capital of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this change of scenery will bring you and the crew back to nature again.

Barstow

Hungry for In n Out Burger? Dumb question. Get your fast food fix on this West Coast takeaway fave, then sit back and relax as we head to our next destination. 

San Joaquin Valley

We'll make a quick pitstop as we blaze through the Mojave Desert and its iconic Joshua trees on the way to blissful Bass Lake. 

Bass Lake

This afternoon you’ll become enamored with the tranquility of Bass Lake. Wind down in your chalet after a long day of travel, taking in your picturesque surroundings. Later on, kick back and enjoy the view from the chalet deck - it is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip in the pool, warm up in the jacuzzi and breathe in the fresh mountain air while getting some much needed R & R after fast and furious Vegas. 

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DAY 3 - Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park
Bass Lake

This beautiful mountain paradise is perfect for relaxation and recuperation but it certainly isn’t a one trick pony. Bass Lake offers plenty of watersports and adventurous options, seasonal weather permitting.

Bass Lake

Back at our Bass Lake base, there'll no doubt be a need for that jacuzzi and a night of staring up at the starry skies. This is what we call living. 

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DAY 4 - Bass Lake to San Francisco
Bass Lake

Today we bid farewell to this achingly picturesque spot full of nature and tranquility and look forward to a very different experience as a crew of city slickers once more.

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Cross the Oakland Bay & Golden Gate Bridges
See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
Visit Fisherman's Wharf
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Cruise the Bay on a Catamaran (Seasonal)
USD $50.00
San Francisco

Colourful characters, freethinkers, and artists have all descended upon San Francisco to make this place what it is. Via Oakland and the San Joaquin Valley, we will descend upon the treasure of beatnik culture, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tonight really does give #NOREGRETS its meaning, as we take you on an optional cruise of the city's Bay and under the famous bridge. Sipping a drink and toasting your group to the good times had and yet to come as the sun sets, is a truly unforgettable moment.

DAYS 5-6 - San Francisco
San Francisco

You have a whole two days here in San Francisco, so better make the most of it. A renowned foodie city that brought us the likes of sourdough, fortune cookies and chowder, it would be wrong not to eat and drink yourself silly at just some of the 3000 cafes, restaurants, food trucks and more. Stuffed to capacity, why not work it off by scaling the hilly streets or simply jump in a cable car for a spot of sightseeing without the effort.

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Explore Chinatown and its hidden gems
Trace the steps of 75,000 hippies from the 1960s
See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
Treat your tastebuds with a Chinatown dinner & tour in San Fran
Visit the Mission District
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California Academy of Sciences
USD $29.00
San Francisco Bike Tour
USD $47.00
San Francisco
Now that you have the city sussed you can dive a little deeper and tap into what you didn't tick off yesterday with a full free day to do your thing. See the sea lions of Pier 39, explore the thriving street food scene, grab an Irish coffee at Buena Vista cafe, or kick it in Chinatown. As the old saying goes 'I left my heart in San Francisco' will ring true.
DAY 7 - Depart San Francisco
San Francisco
This morning the tour ends and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends.
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Ryan Johnson
Traveled Jan 2019
Better breakfasts were needed and more nights out as well as included activities.
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
I put all the comments in the earlier question
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Jesse Emery
Traveled Nov 2018
A lot of errors on contiki’s behalf cause a lot of stress and anxiety for me
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Emily Rajic
Traveled Nov 2018
We saw many sites that I wouldn’t have been able to see myself or missed out on seeing on my own travels
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
Joined the LA to the bay group in Vegas which made it hard to make friends since they already knew each other for a week
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John Kaczkowski
Traveled Nov 2018
Had a blast but would have liked to spend an extra day in Bass Lake
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Joined halfway through western explorer - this means you are not part of the group.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
I wish I could spend two nights as a group in Vegas otherwise all other destinations were full of joy, fun and comforts!
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Christa Buscemi
Traveled Aug 2018
The tour was great but I thought that I paid a lot of money for this tour but we didn’t get very much included such as meals and added activteies. We only saw 3 different places and almost had too much free time. That was a little bit disappointing.
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Kirstin Seebach
Traveled Mar 2018
Worth the money to have everything organized for you... wish the breakfasts had more to offer though
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
Not the best route, felt rushed, not enough time in Vegas, tour guide could have been better
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
I feel that I was mislead. We thought we were booking a tour that we would be on from beginning to end, instead we joined another tour that had already started 5 days prior. Had we known we were being tacked on to an existing tour we would not have chosen this.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
The trip itself was pretty amazing, however our small contiki group joined 2 tours who had both been travelling together for some time already. Because we joined in the very last week it was easy to feel alienated from the others as they had already had plenty of time to form friendships and bonds. The trip manager went above and beyond and the places we saw were fantastic, the social side of this holiday was a big let down for a solo traveller like myself.
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Nicholas Radcliffe
Traveled Nov 2017
Awesome trip. it was well planned and done good. Only notes about the trip was I didn't know my group would be merged with western Highlights and La to the bay.
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Alanna Vial
Traveled Nov 2017
Excellent value for money
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
It wasn't the best tour to pick. We started on the previous tour's last night in Vegas then the next day you're straight on a bus for 8 hrs, didn't really have time to look around in Bass Lake and then your last days in San Fran are free time. A trip I could have done on my own. The hotel in San Fran was terrible being on the worst street in the city with people shooting up drugs - did not feel safe and did not add to my experience. Only plus was Yosemite and getting to meet some nice people.
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Mariam Aly
Traveled Nov 2017
I thought inclusions would be more of a valuable experience. In san fran one day it was just a walking tour to china town + dinner. The other a day just a continental breakfast and the rest of the day is free time. Also, I was starting my trip where I found out that we were merged with a 40 people group who had already started 1 week before and bonded together and were already at the end of their trip. The california highlights people (7 people we felt lost in the middle)
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Richard Oliver
Traveled Oct 2017
Great value for money the optional extras are definitely worth the extra expense.
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Jack Williams
Traveled Sep 2017
As I explained before joining an ongoing contiki found it hard to make solid friend ships
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2017
Amazing trip. Wonderful tour leader and bus driver
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